[Ads-l] Drama Critic Motto: Leave no turn unstoned

Dave Hause dwhause at CABLEMO.NET
Tue Dec 5 12:03:36 EST 2017


"Stone-bow" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet-shooting_crossbow
Dave Hause
-----Original Message----- 
From: Amy West
Sent: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 5:56 AM
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: Drama Critic Motto: Leave no turn unstoned

I am reminded of an item in the old hunting gallery at the former
Higgins Armory Museum:

It was a crossbow with a sling/net, used for . . . throwing stones for
hunting birds/small game, if I recall correctly. I can't recall the name
for it . . .

---Amy West

On 12/5/17 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Mon, 4 Dec 2017 16:08:00 +0000
> From:    "Baker, John"<JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM>
> Subject: Re: Drama Critic Motto: Leave no turn unstoned
>
> Earlier than this is an article in the (Zanesville, Ohio) Sunday 
> Times-Signal, May 26, 1935 (Newspaper Archive).  Atypically, this is a 
> reference to actual tern hunting.  It refers to an earlier article in the 
> Louisiana Conservationist, the official organ of the Louisiana Department 
> of Conservation, which I have not tried to track down.
>
> “The article describes the slaughter by professional plume hunters of tens 
> of thousands of delicate least terns on such spots as Cobbs Island, 
> Virginia, so that some woman’s hat might be more in fashion than that of 
> her neighbor.  Terns, rather than flee at the first discharge of a gun, 
> will circle and wheel over their fallen comrades, giving the hunter an 
> ideal chance to kill great numbers of them before they fly beyond range. 
> The author, in an effort to picture the havoc wrought by plume hunters in 
> colonies, uses the following appropriate humor pun:  The plume hunter left 
> no stone unterned, so that no Tern went unstoned.””
>
>
> John Baker



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